The Boston Bruins just kicked off their 2010-2011 regular season campaign with a pair of away games in Prague against the Phoenix Coyotes this past weekend. After taking 1-of-2 overseas, the revamped lineup is prepared to battle in the states starting Saturday, October 16th at the Prudential Center vs the New Jersey Devils. They will then travel to the Verizon Center to matchup with the top ranked Washington Capitals the following Tuesday. Boston will play host to the Caps, Rangers and Maple Leafs from October 23rd to the 28th.
Yesterday marked the Bruins first full practice since returning from Prague. “Right now, we’re just getting ourselves into the same groove as everybody else has been in, so it is kind of like a season opener for us because it’s going to be our first league game in North America,” said Bruins head coach Claude Julien. “I like what I’ve seen so far. We’ve practiced well. We usually play the way we practice; so far our guys haven’t disappointed. Hopefully it carries on and we can get ourselves ready for the weekend.”
Boston’s first round draft pick Tyler Seguin has already found his rhythm, netting his first NHL goal 9:14 into the third period in Sunday’s victory over Phoenix. “I didn’t imagine my first NHL game in Europe, much less my first NHL goal,” he said after the game. “I saw the puck in the net and then I raised my arms. I wasn’t sure it was in at first.” Check back for Bruins updates and recaps all season long with us at Ace! 2010-2011 Boston Bruins tickets are now available!
The National Hockey League recently announced that the Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks have been chosen to open up their 2010-2011 regular season campaigns overseas. The Bruins and Coyotes will matchup at the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th.
The B’s roster includes Czech players David Krejci and Vladimir Sobotka along with Slovakia’s Zdeno Chara and Miroslav Satan. The trip will mark the first time in 50 years that Boston has competed in Europe.
The Bruins are now 24-22-11 looking ahead to their next game against the Buffalo Sabres. They just snapped their 10-game losing streak with a win over the Montreal Canadiens. Boston will try to keep up the winning as they travel to Buffalo, Tampa Bay and Fort Lauderdale for their next three contests. Boston Bruins tickets are now available!
Martin Hanzal and Peter Mueller scored the initial goals in the first period as the Phoenix Coyote defense held on from there, eventually defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 last night in Glendale, AZ. Despite the 2-goal deficit, the Blackhawks handled Phoenix in regards to general scoring opportunities. In total they put 32 shots on goal to the Coyotes 23.
Kris Versteeg put Chicago’s only point on the board 14 minutes into the second period. This would mark the last exciting occurrence on the offensive end, as both teams were shut out completely in the final period.”We’ve got to bear down and try to get to those opportunities,” said Versteeg. “If we score on half our opportunities it’s totally a different game.”
The Hawks are set to face off against the Colorado Avalanche tonight before hosting the Los Angeles Kings on Monday, November 9th. Chicago Blackhawks tickets are available now!
The Rangers got great production out of their new free agent star, Marian Gaborik in last night’s 5-2 win over the Coyotes. Gaborik scored two goals and added an assist but left the game with an undisclosed injury prompting fears that the injury prone forward will miss time again this year. The Rangers jumped out early in this one, grabbing a two goal lead by the end of the first period. New York got goals from Anisimov and Gaborik in the first. The Rangers didn’t let up in the second with goals from Prospal and Gaborik once again. Both Gaborik’s goals came on power plays.
The win snapped a three game losing streak by the Rangers who improved to 8-3-1 on the year. New York will play two on the road against the Islanders and Wild before returning to Madison Square Garden on 11/1 to host the Boston Bruins. You can get New York Rangers tickets for this and all games at MSG.
Recap – Most NHL teams struggle on the road, but the Phoenix Coyotes don’t have any such problem with 15 wins away from home. Their problem is winning in front of the home town crowd. This is an unusual, yet fixable problem, but something that will probably keep them from making the playoffs. On both sides of the ice, the Coyotes do not have any real standout players that give other teams trouble. Through 48 games, they have allowed 131 goals, and scored 131 goals. Everything about this team is just average and its tough to think of them as a threat when their leading scorer, Radim Vrbata, only had 18 goals.
2nd Half – The Coyotes need to really put some magic together if they want any chance to snag the 8th seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is talented but is seeing way too many shots a game. His defensemen need to pick up their games and limit opponents to less offensive opportunities.
Team Name: Phoenix Coyotes (25-21-2)
Pacific Division Standing: 4th place
Conference Standing: 11th place
Final Predictions – 4th in Pacific Conference, 11th in Western Conference
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